Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled Release: 2009 Format: Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
Man 2009 was a very busy year for Ninja Turtles games. The Super Nintendo port of Turtles in Time is one of my all time favourite games. And when I first heard about this remake I was really excited. Even when I found out it was the arcade version that was going to be remade and not the superior Super Nintendo version I was still looking forward to the game.
Sadly the game turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment. It is really hard to say what is missing, but it is like the game has no soul. The magic of what made Turtles in Time so great is missing. Now on its own merit to be fair I would not say this is a bad game at all, but it sure as hell is not as much fun to play as either the Super Nintendo version or the arcade original.
Lets talk about something good. The graphics. This game looks great not that the original was bad, but I love the art style that they have going on here. I have heard many people complain about really bad screen tearing, but honestly this is not something I have come across. Sadly as they used the arcade version the extra level and boss changes are not here. Which really is a shame.
The game play has change, but not for the better. You can now move your Turtle in a 360 degree motion. Where as before you would attack left and right. Now you can move your Turtle in every direction. It should in theory make for a better game, but it does not. The game is much easier than the original version as well.
One thing that is a great idea is the various game modes. You of course have your basic arcade mode, but I got a kick out of the survival mode which just gives you one life to try and beat the game with. I would have loved this mode back on the Super Nintendo version. Also the game lets you pick any level you want once you have beaten it.
So is Turtles in Time Re-Shelled a bad game? No not at all. But at the end of the day when I fire this game up I just want to play the Super Nintendo version.
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